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Warehouse Manager

SmithFoods Orrville Inc.
Orrville, OH
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Classification: Salary Exempt

Reports to: Director of Warehousing & Logistics



The Warehouse Manager is responsible for the management of raw material and finished goods inventories supporting the customers and vendors of the Orrville manufacturing plant. This includes following corporate policies and best practices and developing an environment focused on associate growth, team-centric performance, and a continuous improvement mindset.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Department Duties

  • Advance the departmental culture (values and behaviors) in alignment with corporate objectives-understand and execute the principles of the Operational Excellence program driving the right behaviors, standards, and continuous improvement across all operating entities
  • Coach and develop the talents of the manufacturing team through regular 1:1s, performance reviews, goal setting, and career planning
  • Provide leadership to all direct reports and ensure appropriate oversight and hands-on engagement with indirect reports
  • Support and execute corporate policies governing warehouse management processes and activities
  • Ensure the department manages all operational activities in compliance with the Food Safety Quality certifications of the facilities – including but not limited to Grade A fluid milk, HACCP, SQF3
  • Participate in cross-functional teams to advance the company’s business interests (e.g., new product development, new line planning, etc.)
  • Comply with corporate standards for fixed asset purchasing and management
  • Support regular customer, regulatory and third-party audits and inquiries as required
  • Ensure the department manages activities in conjunction with the regulatory and certifying requirements of each facility, including but not limited to HACCP, SQF Level 3, State and Federal regulations, etc.
  • Manage warehouse associates (including completion of all required training), monitor individual work performance, and ensure the safe use of all industrial equipment
  • Management of 3PL freight and oversight of our use of 3PL warehouses to effectively handle, store and ship our products to our customers.
  • Review, manage and implement procedures for effective inventory management, including effective space utilization, product rotation, and inventory optimization
  • Ensure open POs are closed out within 24 hours of receipt
  • Work with S&OP on warehouse space capacities
  • Assess and report out warehouse productivity daily
  • Ensure DOMs are operational and running effectively
  • Create or revise SOPs to ensure best practices are followed

Safety, Food Safety Quality, Productivity

  • Ensure appropriate implementation and management of Safety and Food Safety Quality GMPs
  • Ensure that we adhere to all state and federal regulations in the areas of safety and food safety quality
  • Ensure that we follow all company and customer standards
  • Work with teams to set goals to improve and demonstrate meaningful improvements in Safety, Food Safety Quality, and Productivity


  • Responsible for improving the cost position of the assigned work teams preventing or eliminating issues including overtime, labor efficiency, shrink, energy consumption, etc. with an expected annual savings goal of 3%
  • Responsible for identifying annual capital improvements and creating appropriate business cases to justify an investment
  • Prioritize and manage top improvement goals and projects to ensure appropriate support from shared services like preventative maintenance, scheduling, and supply chain


  • Strong leadership, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Must be able to influence peers and internal customers
  • Willingness to take risks, self-confidence, and ability to work with various levels of management
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficient in utilizing Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to look externally for best-in-class ideas and integrate them into our operation
  • At ease in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Must be insurable by company standards
  • Able to maintain confidentiality

Supervisory Responsibility/Reporting and Working Relationships

  • Reports directly to the Director of Warehousing and Logistics

Work Environment

  • Exposed to fumes or airborne particles
  • Exposed to moving mechanical parts and vibrations
  • Occasionally exposed to a variety of extreme conditions, hot and cold
  • Noise level can be loud on the job site
  • Both office and plant environment

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here represent those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Regularly required to talk and hear
  • Active position requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing
  • Able to lift up to 80 pounds, occasionally
  • Vision requirements include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, supply chain, mathematics, engineering, or other related fields/or equivalent experience in a similar role
  • Five or more years of experience in warehouse or production supervision
  • Basic business and financial acumen
  • At ease in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Demonstrable abilities in leadership through influence

Position Type/Expected Hour of Work

  • Must be willing to work a varied schedule of up to fifty hours per week
  • Additional hours and days (holidays, weekends) as required
  • Expected Work Activity
    1. 70% on-site supervision, problem-solving, implementing, and observing
    2. 20% office, planning, reporting
    3. 10% staff meetings, group planning, audits, and tours


  • Travel estimated at 15% to support business activities

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the associate for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the company.

EEO Statement

SmithFoods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants for employment, recruitment, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, pay, benefits, lay-off, demotion, or termination of employment will be made without consideration of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, military status, ancestry, veteran status, or any other protected classification under applicable federal, state or local law.

SmithFoods Orrville Inc.


Orrville, OH
44667 USA


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